Counseling Office News – March 31, 2017


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Mark your calendars! The San Diego National College Fair will be held on April 25th at the San Diego Convention Center from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. The fair is free and open to the public. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with admissions representatives from colleges and universities across the country.  There will also be a Counseling/Resource Center to talk to a counselor about choosing a major, financial aid, scholarship information and more. Register today at National College Fair.

Johns Hopkins University is hosting an Information Session at 2:00 p.m.on Sunday, April 23rd at the San Diego Marriott – Mission Valley. Learn from an admissions counselor about JHU’s academics, student life, application process and information about financial aid. To register for this event, please use this link.

CCHS Summer School registration is open until April 12th. You are encouraged to register early as your student’s school year courses may be impacted by summer school courses. Summer school dates are June 19 – July 7 for First Session/Semester and July 10 – 27 for Second Session/Semester. Course listings and online registration for the acceleration programs offered this summer can be found here. Course listings and online registration for the remediation courses offered this summer can be found here.


Applications are being accepted for FBI San Diego’s 2017 Teen Academy. There are two one-day sessions, June 28th and August 16th, that will be held at the San Diego Field Office headquarters in Sorrento Valley. The Teen Academy is open to high school sophomores and juniors. Students selected for the FBI Teen Academy will spend an interactive day with special agents and professional staff participating in both classroom and hands-on activities to include evidence collections and tactical operations. To apply, click here. The application deadline is 4:00 pm on Monday, April 10th.


Back by popular demand, Cathedral Catholic Counseling will be offering four (4) summer College Camp sessions to assist rising seniors in preparing, planning and starting the college application process.

Attendees will:

  • Complete an interest inventory/career assessment
  • Learn the process and tools to best research colleges
  • Receive individualized SAT/ACT evaluation
  • Start and complete a college resume
  • Create a fluid but appropriate college list with reach, target and safety schools
  • Begin the Common Application, CSU, & UC applications as available
  • Complete a Common App essay to be reviewed and returned with feedback by a college essay expert
  • Experience a mock admission’s panel with 3 reputable admissions representatives
  • Explore scholarships and complete one scholarship application


Online registration can be found here. Registration closes on April 30th.  Space is limited to the first 21 students per session. No mailed or emailed registration forms will be accepted. The program fee is $399 if you register between March 28th and April 30th; after that date the fee increases to $425. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Once 21 students per session have been met, the session will be closed and remaining students will be offered the next session or added to the wait list.

We are pleased to invite you to our College Admissions Case Studies Program which will be held on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.It is designed to help our juniors and their parents learn more about the college admissions process through studying simulated students’ application cases, then making admissions decisions for a fictitious college.

Participants will check in at Registration for this program no later than 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 27th. They will then go to assigned classrooms where college admissions officers from across the country will work with groups of students and parents to evaluate the simulated applications of three seniors applying to a selective college. Participants will read student files, evaluate transcripts, test scores, essays, and letters of recommendation, and will act as the Admissions Committee to decide which applicants will be admitted. We believe this exercise will be extremely valuable in helping both parents and students better understand the complexities of college admissions decisions.

During the second part of the evening, students and parents will have the opportunity to attend a college fair with the college admissions officers. The focus of this program is primarily on the private college admissions selection process. The admission selection process for UC and CSU campuses will not be a part of the evening’s activities, as their admissions processes does not follow the same procedures as private institutions.

Due to space limitations, we are only able to accommodate junior students and their parents. We cannot allow for other siblings, students, or parents to attend. This event is specifically designed for the junior class and their parents. This program is only open to CCHS families.

Anticipated Schedule for the Evening:

6:00-6:15 p.m.

Parking and Registration in the Theatre

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Case Studies (parents and students in separate groups)

8:00-8:30 p.m.

College Fair in the Theatre

In order to participate, please follow these instructions:

  1. Sign-up by clicking this link: no later than Friday, April 7th at 2:00pm. The number of admission counselors in attendance is based solely on the number of people attending, which we need to provide to the college admission officers well in advance.
  2. On the link, please indicate how many from you family will be in attendance. Again, we can only accommodate our junior students and their parents.
  3. After Registration closes, we will send out an email to all participants that will include the materials for the event. Please read them ahead of time. If you would like to have a hard copy of the handouts, please print them at home and bring to the event with you. Students should bring their iPad so they may access them on Notability.


Spring is the perfect time to apply for scholarships and Naviance is a good resource to find them. Here are a few new ones that have been added to the scholarship list in Naviance:

RB Chorale Musical Scholarship – $3,000, $2,000 and $1,500 award amounts will be divided between three participants. The deadline is April 10th.

Scripps Ranch Old Pros/Steve Allen Memorial Award – $1,000 award amount. The deadline is April 14th.

Ayn Rand Education Essay Contest: “Atlas Shrugged” – First place award is $20,000. The deadline is April 28th.

**For more scholarship opportunities, login to your Naviance account.**